The UFC has been looking at different options for B.J. Penn’s return at UFC 199 following the injury removal of Dennis Siver, and it was officially announced on UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1 Wednesday that he’ll now face Cole Miller on the card.
Penn, the former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion, as well as a current UFC Hall of Famer, is returning to the cage on the June 4 card for the first time since July of 2014. He was taken out by Frankie Edgar in that bout, his fifth loss in his last seven fights.
As for Miller, he’s winless in his last two, with his last bout ending in a no contest when he suffered a bad eye poke against Jim Alers in December. The 30-fight vet has had an up and down run throughout his career, and is 3-4 with that one no contest in eight fights since returning to 145 lbs.
UFC 199 airs live on pay-per-view from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., headlined by the UFC Middleweight Title rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman.
Penick’s Analysis: It’s a fight. That’s for sure. Honestly, it’s more realistic than a few of the fights I posited in this morning’s top five post, especially since Miller is in a similar position of having lost more than he’s won as of late. It’s not a massively intriguing matchup, but it works well enough, and pits Penn against a fighter from Jens Pulver’s team from The Ultimate Fighter 5, which competed against Penn’s team that season.
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